With its diminutive size and curious niche, the utility of this small Kuba pile weaving is a bit of a mystery. Does it represent a Caucasian version of a balisht or yastik, or was it meant to be a very small child's prayer rug? Both of these suggestions seem unlikely. Several motifs, including geometric elements and stars along with small paired animals, are drawn against a field that uses an 'abrash' or color modulation of blue with brown. Could these diverse elements indicate that it was woven as a 'vagireh' or sampler? Perhaps not. What ever its intent, this is a both a playful and soulful little Caucasian weaving. Collection of Dr. and Mrs. William T. Price
Kuba miniature prayer rugc. 1900
- 1' 1"
- 1' 11"
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